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Published: August 26th 2016
They said it was like riding a bike and it sure was. Muscle memory kicked in and skiing came back to me like I had never left a gap of 36 years between the last time and this time. My history skiing is in the 1970's at Erewhon, Mt Hutt when it just opened in 1974 and Tekapo.
We are staying in Methven which is a lovely little country town, has normal price restaurants, cafes and pubs and little pretentiousness compared to some of the big fields and towns down south.The Methven I site has a Mt Hutt desk, they gave us a run down of what we could get both in town and up at the field. We chose the $120- per person starters package which included ski hire, 2 group lessons; one in the morning and one after lunch, 3 hours worth of lessons; and use of the magic carpet ski lift and beginners run.We hired pants, jackets, goggles and gloves for $35- each from Big Al's in town, and then got a $20- return shuttle each to and from the field which we caught opposite the road to our caravan park. I used my own ski jacket, fitted
better than anything they offered me, pity I did not water proof it.And away we went at 7-45am, an hour to get up the mountain on quite a narrow windy, steep climbing dirt road. Not for the faint hearted, and not for a big campervan. Mt Hutt here we come.A dismal rainy day in Methven translated to a snowy day on the field. All day it snowed with limited visibility, temps around 0C so not too cold but cold enough.We struggled into our ski boots, they are so tight compared to normal footwear, got fitted with skis and poles. You can leave your gear for a princely sum of $5- access all day in a safe locker room with an attendant, or there are lockers under the cafe which you can use for free.The whole field was full of school kids, part their weekly PE ski lessons from local schools, lots of families, not that many tourists. Children under 10 ski for free, there are kids clubs on field, and all the staff from instructors to attendants to cafe workers were brilliant, such wonderful customer service. There is a huge picnic eating area, they fully expect you to bring your
own food, two cafes with street prices for food and drink, licensed and warm and cosy.And on the ski run we went, it came back to me so quickly, I was able to parallel turn and stop easily and had 2 quick runs before the official lesson.I told the staff what I could do and got upgraded to an intermediate lesson package, same price and as luck would have it one on one with Kate who is the same age as me and from Methven. We figured we must have played netball together and most probably inter school sports between Ashburton College and Methven High school.This was the best thing that could have happened, Martin was happy in his beginner group learning about the wedge, and we worked on other moves like J curves, learning to turn effectively in control, big sweeping curves. We finished by going up on the quad chair lift and doing the big run down. Being taught how to get on and off a chair was great.The only time I fell was when my instructor pushed me over to teach me how to get up.Martin was not such a happy camper initially with a dicky knee
impeding a wedge ski move. Couple of big stacks, and not much happening until after lunch when a new instructor looked at what he could do and by the end of the day he was happily parallel skiing down the baby slopes without any falls.I upgraded so I could use the lifts and had 2 independent runs down the easy way from the quad chairlift.By the 3rd run my left leg and ankle were telling me they had done enough, turns that way we're less controlled, plus the siting on the lift on the way up was so cold.So I joined Martin on the beginner slope in the new squeaky freshly fallen snow.
Tot: 0.239s; Tpl: 0.019s; cc: 14; qc: 64; dbt: 0.0164s; 1; m:saturn w:www (126.96.36.199); sld: 1;
; mem: 1.4mb